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CONCORD, N.C. -- About the only one not worried about Jimmie Johnsons victory drought this season was the Sprint Cup defending champion. After his dominating show this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Johnson gave his competitors plenty to worry about. Johnson reached Victory Lane for the first time this season at the Coca-Cola 600, finishing off a dominating week at a track many have called "Jimmies House." "Its great to win, but believe me, and I promise you, all the hype and all the concern and worry, that was elsewhere. That wasnt in my head," Johnson said. Now, Johnson can think about his record-breaking seventh Cup win at Charlotte, about his 13th straight NASCAR season with a victory or about his fourth 600 victory to trail only Darrell Waltrips five in the series longest race. And maybe throw a scare into opponents that Johnsons run at top isnt over yet. "They know we are awake," Johnson said. "Hopefully, the 48 is heading that way and we can give other people something to think about." This time, Johnson swept past Matt Kenseth nine laps from the end and was never pressured after that. Johnson earned the pole Thursday night, was strong at practice Saturday and led 165 of 400 laps Sunday. Kevin Harvick, who led 100 laps, was second. Kenseth finished third with Carl Edwards fourth. Jamie McMurray, the All-Star race winner last weekend at the track, was fifth. Kurt Buschs attempt at motorsports history ended with 129 laps to go when he blew an engine. Busch finished sixth in the Indianapolis 500, but could not complete the 600 and become just the second racer ever -- Tony Stewart was the first -- to navigate all 1,100 miles on auto racings biggest weekend. Harvick had won two of the past three 600s and led 100 laps this time. He fell back in the latter stages as he dealt with car problems and could not get back to the front. "We needed a 700-mile race to get back to where we needed to be," Harvick said. Brad Keselowski held the lead and appeared to have out-pitted Johnsons No. 48 group with a final stop 55 laps from the end. But a vibration in the Penske machine sent Keselowski back to the pits and a lap down. Much of the pre-race attention was centred on whether Busch or points leader Jeff Gordon would make to the starting line. Busch because of his 850-mile trek South from Indiana and Gordon because of back spasms that cropped up Thursday after qualifying and were still severe enough Saturday for him to leave the track early after just a few laps of practice. But both were there when the green flag dropped, although Buschs arrival was far more dramatic with the helicopter circling the track and landing on the infield close to the start-finish line about an hour before the race began. He received loud cheers and plenty of high-fives from fans and took a seat on the bench where driver introductions were made. As colleagues and competitors made their way up the steps, most made sure to chat up Busch or shake his hand on a job well done. Busch had a bit of luck to stay on the lead lap, twice earning a lucky dog bid after going a lap down to return among the leaders. He eventually reached the top 10 and was running 16th when smoke started pouring out of his Stewart-Haas Chevrolet and sent him behind the wall and to a 40th-place finish. "Kind of a shame, kind of symbolizes how its been for the Haas Automation team," Busch said. "We gave it our all with the way we were clawing our way up there." The 42-year-old Gordon, a four-time series champion, has dealt with back problems before and his No. 24 team had driver Regan Smith on standby if Gordon couldnt go. But if Gordons back bothered him during the race, he didnt show it with his performance. He spent much of the night in the top 10 and was out front until Kenseth passed him on a restart 16 laps from the end. Gordon finished seventh, his ninth top-10 finish in 12 events this year. "It was tough. I was aching in there. There was one time when I got on the brakes into (Turn) 1 and it triggered something. I didnt know what was going to happen after that, but it settled down," Gordon said. Gordon maintained his points lead by 11 over second-place Kenseth. Danica Patrick had hopes of a strong showing after qualifying fourth, her best starting spot of the season. But like Busch, she too, was out early with a blown engine 119 laps from the end. She was 39th, her poorest finish in three 600s. Dale Earnhardt Jr. came into this one with seven top 10s in 11 races and the hope he could finally win a points race at his beloved home track. He led 13 laps late in the race before he had engine problems as well and faded from contention. He ended 19th. Cheap College Jerseys Authentic . 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Granted, TCU had a non-conference schedule ranked in the 300s, doesnt really own a signature win and has begun 0-3 in the Big 12. But this is a school that failed to win a conference game a year ago and has posted just two since joining the Big 12 in 2012. The Horned Frogs solid start had them ranked in the top 25 for the first time since the 1998-99 season. They raced off to their best start in the programs 106-year history and have already surpassed last years win total. The Owls have been flying high since the second-semester acquisitions of Jesse Morgan and Devin Coleman, evidenced by a 77-52 shellacking of Kansas on Dec. 22. Theyve greatly improved their 3-point shooting, 35.7 percent (60-of-168), since the duo joined the fray. Temple had shot just 24.5 percent (45-of-184) prior to their arrival. You have to take the good and the bad with streaky- shooting Morgan, however. He was 0-of-13 from beyond the arc in the Owls 63-56 loss to Tulsa on Saturday. The biggest difference between this year and last has been the Owls much- improved defense. Temple allowed opponents to score 78.1 points per game and shoot 47.4 percent from the floor last season, but have surrendered just 61.8 points while combatants are connecting on just 38.2 percent of attempts during this campaign. Old Dominion already has four top-100 wins, VCU, LSU, Georgia State and Charlotte, which might be enough for an at-large bid come March. This depends on how the Monarchs finish in Conference USA or if they slip up in the conference tournament. Jeff Jones took over Old Dominion a year after it won five games and his team notched 18 victories. This season, the Monarchs got off to their best start in school history, although they suffered a 72-65 defeat at Western Kentucky on Saturday. Notre Dames ACC debut last season was a bust. The Irish (15-17) finished 11th in the conference and endured their first losing season since 1998-99. One of the main reasons for their futility was the suspension of Jerian Grant, who was lost after 12 games due to an academic issue. Notre Dame was 8-4 with him and just 7-13 without their star. This season, like TCU, Notre Dame also had a weak non-conference strength of schedule (299), but last Mondays road win at North Carolina gave it some credibility. And so much for coach Mike Breys Burn offense; the only thing the Irish are burning are the nets. They are scoring 83.3 points per game, lead the country in field-goal percentage (53.5) and are among the nations leaders in 3-point field goal percentage (40.7). Maryland shocked many when it took down Iowa State in the CBE Classic title game on Nov. 25, but what mightve been even more stunning was its continued success despite the loss of Dez Wells. The Terrapins went 6-1 during his absence -- the lone defeat to unbeaten Virginia on Dec. 3 -- after he brokee his wrist in that victory over the Cyclones.dddddddddddd They can thank freshman Melo Trimble for that. Trimble, who was Marylands first McDonalds All-American since Mike Jones in 2003, is currently leading the team in scoring with 16.3 points per game. The Terps havent made the past four NCAA Tournaments, their longest drought since 1989-93, but that should change this year. Even with star guard Juwan Staten on the roster, nobody expected much from West Virginia this season in a loaded Big 12. But so far the Mountaineers have just two blemishes on their resume, home losses to LSU on Dec. 4 and Iowa State Saturday. They have wins over Connecticut, NC State and Wofford. Coach Bob Huggins full-court pressure has paid huge dividends this season. The Mountaineers are currently forcing more turnovers than any team in the country (22.3). The momentum of Sterling Gibbs game-winning shot in Seton Halls Big East Tournament first round upset win over Villanova has carried over into this season. The emergence of heralded recruit Isaiah Whitehead has also been a huge factor. Gibbs leads the team in scoring (16.0 ppg) and assists (3.9 apg), while Whitehead is second in both categories (11.9 ppg, 3.4 apg). The Pirates made it into the top 25 last week after garnering a pair of upset home triumphs over then-No. 15 St. Johns and then-No. 6 Villanova, then lost at Xavier before a one-point win at Creighton. Washingtons suffocating defense and shot-blocking ability had the Huskies in the top 25 prior to a poor early showing in Pac-12 play. Their 11-0 start matched the best during Lorenzo Romars tenure as coach. The Huskies also began 11-0 during the 2005-06 campaign. Opponents are scoring just 60.9 points per game and shooting 34.9 percent from the field. The shot-swatting presence of seven-foot Fresno State transfer Robert Upshaw has made it tough for others to get a good look because of his ability to alter shots at the rim. He leads the country with 4.4 blocks per game. All of these teams have put themselves in position for possible NCAA Tournament berths come March -- besides TCU -- as long as none of them free fall in conference. Note: Projected bracket features predicted conference champions. MIDWEST (Cleveland) 1. Kentucky vs. 16. South Dakota State/Alabama State winner 8. Oklahoma State vs. 9. San Diego State 4. Notre Dame vs. 13. Ohio State/Connecticut winner 5. Seton Hall vs. 12. Wofford 6. Butler vs. 11. Iowa 3. Iowa State vs. 14. Eastern Washington 7. Dayton vs. 10. NC State 2. Arizona vs. 15. American WEST (Los Angeles) 1. Duke vs. 16. Murray State 8. St. Johns vs. 9. Washington 4. West Virginia vs. 13. Georgia/BYU winner 5. VCU vs. 12. SMU 6. Texas vs. 11. Alabama 3. Maryland vs. 14. Stephen F. Austin 7. Northern Iowa vs. 10. Georgetown 2. Gonzaga vs. 15. Northeastern EAST (Syracuse) 1. Virginia vs. 16. Coastal Carolina/New Mexico State winner 8. George Washington vs. 9. Old Dominion 4. Arkansas vs. 13. Buffalo 5. Oklahoma vs. 12. Temple 6. Baylor vs. 11. Green Bay 3. Utah vs. 14. NC Central 7. Providence vs. 10. Syracuse 2. Wisconsin vs. 15. Iona SOUTH (Houston) 1. Villanova vs. 16. UC Santa Barbara 8. Cincinnati vs. 9. Stanford 4. Wichita State vs. 13. Georgia/BYU winner 5. North Carolina vs. 12. Harvard 6. LSU vs. 11. Xavier 3. Louisville vs. 14. Georgia State 7. Colorado State vs. 10. Michigan State 2. Kansas vs. 15. Florida Gulf Coast FIRST FOUR OUT Illinois Indiana Georgia Tech Tulsa ' ' '

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